The best age for Player Characters?

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  • Mid-Teen (15-16)

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    Default The best age for Player Characters?

    I've seen a lot of posts saying that "ten-year-old kid saving the world" concept is ridiculous, and would rather prefer older characters. Hilbert and Hilda of BW had been welcomed by many because of their mature looks compared to previous generations.

    Maybe ten is a bit too young, but then again, exactly how old would be tolerable?

    Which would be the most appropriate age for the player character?

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    Default Re: The best age for Player Characters?

    I think somewhere around or 15-17 is best. It's old enough for the kids to be believably capable, but still young enough to relate to the target audience.

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    Late Teen.

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    Default Re: The best age for Player Characters?

    10-12. I don't mind being so young, and there are a lot of younger kids who play Pokémon.

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    I'd say mid teen (15-16) is best. Although, for all we know every in GSC, RSE and DPPt is more than 11 - 11 is just the age given for Red. None of the later games have the age confirmed.

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    Default Re: The best age for Player Characters?

    I don't think they should be anything other than 10-12. Pokémon is meant to be escapist fantasy, and we can't forget that its core audience it's intended for is young children of that age (well it's probably a range of about 7-12). It's not meant to be particularly realistic, it's meant to convey feelings of excitement and adventure.
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    Default Re: The best age for Player Characters?

    I think they should make it an option. have a few different ages you can pick.. if youre a little kid pick 10-12.. if your a bit older pick 13-16 or so. then if youre an adult, you can pick 17-19.. I know its supposed to be young though because thats when kids set out on their journey but when you're older, playing with a character thats a kid is a bit odd. but thats kind of odd since the characters in BW can pass as at least 13.
    As a side note, there should be an option so you dont have to have someone show you basic things in the games anymore.. I've been playing for 10+ years, I don't need someone showing me how to catch a Pokemon, use the PC and telling me what the Pokemon center is for. I've know how to do that since before you were programmed.
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    Default Re: The best age for Player Characters?

    You guys haven't played enough videogames if you don't believe 12 years old to be the perfect age for saving the world. Being two years less or more than that is okay, deppending on the tone of the game.

    Now seriously, you have to consider there is a much larger psychologic gap between 10 to 11 than there is to say, 18 to 19.

    In the end I don't really care about their age, BW characters are supposedly mid teens as opposed to the rest and that's fine for everyone. And Red is supposedly 14 in GSC. That said, it'd be interesting to see a design between the two, but I guess that's something that works better for the side games?

    I don't need someone showing me how to catch a Pokemon,
    Isn't that optional in all games besides FRLG? (and well, technically RSE, but there you are teaching an NPC so that's ok) I don't clearly remember.

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    Default Re: The best age for Player Characters?

    What about Toon Link, the Ice Climbers, Mega Man, and the Mother characters? They're young yet they save the day.

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    Mid-teen, it's the best all-round for escapism purposes. When you're younger, you see the teenagers around that age as the coolest people on Earth, and when you're older, it's the stage of your life you wish you were in again. Sob.

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    Default Re: The best age for Player Characters?

    red was 11 during RBY, 14in GSC/HGSS and was 24 during BW (after you beat the game he's 25 according to the TV show about you saying you went on your journey 1 year ago). so i vote preteen
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    Default Re: The best age for Player Characters?

    Quote Originally Posted by master crazy hand View Post
    red was 11 during RBY, 14in GSC/HGSS and was 24 during BW (after you beat the game he's 25 according to the TV show about you saying you went on your journey 1 year ago). so i vote preteen
    When has it said that Red is 24?

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    Default Re: The best age for Player Characters?

    I definitely like the older protagonists in BW. I was getting tired of playing a 10-12 year old. The best age is around early to mid teen.
    But like someone said earlier, late teen might be good as well.... I still feel bad for having a slight crush on Hilda....

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    Default Re: The best age for Player Characters?

    Mid-teen. For me, it's not really the saving the world that's more appropriate, but the leaving home and dealing with emotional things such as losses better. I just think you mature a lot (well, I hope) during that period, and that your Pokemon journey is about escapism but it's also about growing up and being able to deal with situations wisely.
    Also, it's young enough in my opinion, to be a young trainer.
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    For me i would have to say, 12-15 would have to be the sweet spot. It just seems to be the right amount of growth and maturity for a person in that role,your millage may vary on that though

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